Reusable Shopping Bags

Jon Brousson, Onya’s founding father, made his first bag in 2004. Tired of collecting single use plastic bags Jon wanted to have a reusable bag that he could keep on him so that he always had it to hand when he went shopping. With limited sewing machine skills, he managed to create a bag that was big enough to be useful for grocery shopping and used it whenever he could. People noticed and asked for him to make some more for them – and Onya was born.

You Need a Reusable Shopping Bag!

Jon had a vision to create a reusable shopping bag that was easy to always keep ‘On Ya’ – and from there we have developed some pretty awesome reusable products that keep to our ideal of a better planet through reusable products.

Today, Onya makes a wide range of reusable products that are ethically produced, are 100% recyclable and come to you in packaging which is made from post-consumer recycled material and printed with water based inks so it is suitable for both recycling or composting!

Our reusable shopping bags can be purchased online through our website, and if you prefer, physical stockists can be found in the directory on our website.

What Makes an Onya Reusable Shopping Bag?

Our Reusable Shopping Bags are made from rPET material and are fully recyclable themselves at the end of their long life cycle.

rPET is a fabric made from single use BPA Free water bottles. These are usually recycled through local government schemes, baled and sent to places like China – one of the biggest plastic recycling countries in the world – where they are cleaned. A flotation process separates the bottles from their labels and lids – these are recycled in a different way as they do not have the same plastic components in them. A mechanical bale breaker chops the bales into small flakes, which are washed and then melted. Yarns are pulled from the melted material that has been created, spun and then woven into the rPET fabric that we use for our reusable shopping bags.

The rPET process is mechanical, rather than chemical – so not only is it less polluting in creation, it also uses just 30% of the energy that it would take to produce a synthetic material like polyester. rPET also uses less CO2 to produce than conventional cotton or polyester – so it is an environmentally sound production process that removes single-use plastics from landfills and the oceans, whilst also protecting our planet in the process.

What are the features of the Reusable Large Shopping Bag?

Our large reusable shopping bags are made to be useful. With brilliant features, a large capacity and a 12-month warranty, there are more benefits than you can imagine to keeping a bag on you!

  • Lightweight yet super strong – holds up to 6kg
  • Easily stuffs into a compact pouch about the size of a fist
  • Built-in shoulder strap makes this a very versatile bag
  • Sturdy carabiner clip – you can attach it to a belt, a keyring or just pop into your pocket or handbag
  • Built-in shopping caddy loops for easy packing

Each of our large, reusable shopping bags are made from up to 10 recycled plastic drink bottles – so you are helping keep plastic bottles from landfill with every purchase.

Your product will be delivered between 2-6 days after ordering, and with free delivery on orders over £60.00, you know it makes sense to buy at least one! Do look at the rest of our products and see how Onya can make it easy to shop and live responsibly.

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Onya Large Shopping Bags

(68 customer reviews)


Designed to keep “On Ya” to reduce single use plastic bags, our light weight but strong shopping bags are a responsible alternative to reducing plastic waste.

  • Made from 8-10x Recycled Plastic Drink Bottles
  • Weighs Just 50gms
  • Carabiner clips to Caddy Loop to form a shoulder strap
  • Stuffs Down Into Small Carry Pouch
  • 100% Recyclable

Sizes: Small Large Tote

What makes our reusable shopping bags so good?

Our reusable shopping bags are made from rPet material – recycled plastic drink bottles.

With tonnes of single use plastic going in to landfill every day, we decided it was time to take action and our gorgeous range of reusable shopping bags was born.

It’s exciting to think that the bag you carry your shopping home in is made of “rubbish” otherwise destined for landfill.

You will find our bags super strong and they are often capable of holding far more than you may be able to carry!

Our lightweight bags are also incredibly compact. Folding up into a pouch the size of your fist, our shopping bags are super convenient to carry. They also feature a sturdy carabiner clip so you can clip your shopping bag onto your handbag or belt. Never leave your reusable shopping bags at home again!

The built-in shoulder strap also comes in very handy when you simply do not have enough hands. Inside the bag, you will find the pouch and drawstring with the carabiner attached. Simply clip the carabiner into the small caddy loop found on the inside near the bag opening, and your bag is now a tote.

The caddy loops on the inside of the bag opening can be used by the checkout attendant and slipped over the plastic bag dispenser most checkouts use. This allows the checkout attendant to more easily pack your shopping bags for you.

On the front of the bag you will find a small pocket. This is useful to hold your shopping list and pen or mobile phone and car keys, or any other small items.


  • Convenient carabiner clip means it is literally always ‘On ya’
  • Built-in shoulder strap makes this a very versatile bag
  • Built-in shopping caddy loops for easy packing
  • Just 50g total weight
  • Useful front pocket
  • Holds up to 6kg/13lb
  • Measures 47cm wide x 58cm high/18.5in wide x 22.8in high
  • Made from up to 10 plastic bottles
  • 12 month Manufacturers Warranty

A note on our packaging: Our commitment to sustainability extends to our packaging which is made from post-consumer recycled material and printed with water based inks so it is suitable for both recycling or composting. We ship low waste and plastic free, reusing boxes and packing materials where we can or FSC certified shipping envelopes that are 100% recyclable.

Onya is proud to be a B Corporation. Our products are responsibly made in China and are 100% recyclable at the end of their long life cycle.

Weight 75 g
Dimensions 19 × 11 × 3.5 cm

68 reviews for Onya Large Shopping Bags

  1. Prudence C

    5 Stars

  2. David K

    A hugh bag that I feel that if it was filled would be too heavy to lift, but it is great for storing shopping in which I do and use the seat belt in the car to strap it in.

  3. Sophie B

    Another lovely bag. Great customer service

  4. Stella W

    I was disappointed that it wasn’t like my previous one which was made from parachute material and also that it trailed on the ground when I had shopping in it I thought I could have worn it on my shoulder

    • Onya HQ

      Hi Stella,

      Many thanks for your very valued feedback!

      We are sorry to hear that you are unhappy with the change in fabric for our bags. As we are sure you are aware, our goal at ONYA is to offer customers a well thought out, quality alternative to single-use plastic.

      It has been quite a number of years since we used the parachute fabric (virgin polyester) for our bags and moved to the more sustainable material of rPET, as stated on each product page. Whilst rPET (a fabric made from recycled BPA free single use plastic drink bottles) is a stiffer fabric than the parachute fabric, it will soften with use though will never be quite as soft or light as the parachute fabric.

      Back in 2006, our Bags were made from virgin polyester, and we are now using rPET material or in other words recycled plastic drink bottles.

      Creating an eco-friendly product in this way – from an already existing material rather than straight from scratch – saves on energy and resources and also means there is less plastic polluting the natural environment or wasting away in landfill. It is these processes and products that will help us build a more sustainable planet and way of living, rather than simply churning through resources and living beyond our means.

      We realised that unless recycled materials are used to make everyday products then none of us are really recycling, so we thought maybe we can set an example for industry on how these existing resources can be used rather than using virgin materials. Our dream is that one day, recycled and repurposed materials will be the first stop for manufacturing globally.

      Thanks to this initiative, we estimate that 5.5 million single use plastic drink bottles have been diverted from landfill and used to make Onya products. Your bag itself kept 10 plastic bottles out of landfill and our environment.

      We thought that you would also be interested to know that whilst our fabric has changed the overall quality, design and construction of the bags remains the same. We understand that rPET may not be for everyone, however we do hope that knowing why we made the change may change how you may feel about your Onya bag.

      You may have noticed that your Shopping Bag camee with a Carabiner that clips to the Caddy Loop to form a shoulder strap which will help you carry your bag when it’s full. Here is a video that explains how to use the Carabiner to create the shoulder strap:
      And if this type of shoulder strap isn’t for you, out Tote Bags https://onyalife.co.uk/product-category/shopping-bags/ with their long handles are designed to sit very comfortably on your shoulder without any strain 🙂

      Once again we really appreciate your feedback and your support and efforts in the fight against plastic waste and should you have any questions, please just let us know.

  5. Sarah G

    This bag has gone to London as well, for shopping Australian style!

  6. Jill K

    Love the shopping bags
    I take my produce bags for fruit and vegetables plus shopping bags with me every time I shop. They’re sturdy and perfect for what I need. Saving the planet from more rubbish too!

  7. Clare H

    strong, light, distinctive

  8. Joy B

    It’s my favourite! Big n light. Love the colours too

  9. Karen B

    So handy and convenient

  10. Louise L

    Bags of attitude
    I can’t rate these bags enough ! Fabulous find, even the shop assistants are surprised about how much these bags can hold, comfortably. When fully ladened they are also ergonomically designed to be comfortable to carry too, well that might be a little over the top, but I don’t seem to struggle so much carrying this bag, when full, the handles do not bite into my hand. Good design. Good value. Good buy…. Good bye !

  11. Samantha H

    5 Stars

  12. Joan F

    Great bag
    I bought this to replace one I have had for about 15 years that recently got damaged.

  13. Jennifer B

    Very practical
    Practical & hardwearing. I’ve several bags now & wouldn’t be without them. Last for years! Highly recommended.

  14. Marcia J

    5 Stars

  15. Jane P

    5 Stars

  16. Daniel C

    Sturdy bag,good customer service.I bought one of these bags over 15 years ago roughly and love İt. It was made from a parachute material. The new version is made from recycled material I believe but doesn’t feel as lovely as the other one but this is a personal view of course but does not effect quality /sturdiness of the bag.

  17. Gwen W

    5 Stars

  18. Paul T

    5 Stars

  19. Victoria R

    Not tried it yet but looks good

  20. Belinda T

    Have to admit I was surprised at just how large this bag is. I’d probably try a smaller size next time . It holds a lot of groceries and I just love the turtle! Tucks into a little bag with a clip that when opened can be used to make a shoulder strap.

  21. Alice R

    5 Stars

  22. Hazel D

    5 Stars

  23. Gill K

    5 Stars

  24. Ann B

    Awesome bag
    This is my second purchase – first one still going strong. They hold a multitude of stuff, very strong and stuff down to nearly nothing – excellent value.

  25. Sally W

    Great bag
    Great for having in the car for unexpected shopping, love the bright colour can’t be missed. Even my husband looks for this bag for shopping trips.

  26. Jen L

    Really good –
    Like the size and ability to convert but quite thick material so doesn’t compress as much as I’d like. 10 stars for customer service and values!

  27. Carol D

    Mini Marvel
    This bag is amazing. Compact yet unfolds to a great size & looks absolutely top quality & beautiful. Just love it & will be gifting these to others!

  28. Maria K

    Onya bags have become indispensable for all our family members, men and women alike. We love the shape that makes it easy to carry groceries and all other stuff home. We use them to go to Yoga and Pilates, we never leave the house either with a bag clipped to our handbag or the men without one in a pocket. They are trendy, sustainable and utterly convenient.

  29. Jeff P

    love these bags. Heavy carrying, light easy to fold and store.

  30. Jacki B

    light and large easy to carry and fixes to my bag also didnt take long to arrive

  31. Sian G

    Great selection of colours and designs, have bought as gifts for both male and females, Like the feature of the storage bag being attached and the the clip can be put on a set of keys so that you are more likely to reuse it. Hoping to encourage my family to use this instead of continually buying plastic bags!

  32. Jane G

    I just love these bags! They are a great size for shopping trips. Washable and take up no space when not in use.

  33. Lesley T

    It’s great! my first one lasted many years, at least 10, I mended it several times but felt it now needed replacing. They are roomy and strong. I love them

  34. Don M

    Speedy delivery. Large shopping bag folds down into compact holder and carries a lot of shopping…Very pleased

  35. Linda B

    I was given one of the original Onya bags years ago and it’s still as good as ever. It seems indestructible.
    My new one looks to be just as strong and well made, it packs down just as small and the large size is huge! I love it and I’m so happy

  36. Ann B

    The large shopping bag is wonderful very sturdy and it is surprising what it will hold, love the bread bag. Thank you Onya love your work.

  37. Margaret G

    Great shopping bags. Easy to wash, drip dies on the line very quick.

  38. Louise M

    Hello! I just wanted to let you know that I bought one of your Onya bags in 2005 in Greenwich market in London. I use it all the time and it is still going very strong. It was initially to add to the handles of my kids buggy for all their baby stuff and groceries, now it is used for all sorts of things. We live in Canada now so it’s happily made its way to a new continent. Thank you! My mum still has hers from the same time, going strong!

  39. Bronwen J

    So happy to have found Onya again! Their shopping bags are the best, as well as being environmentally friendly. Even though initially it was a bit worrying ordering from Australia everything turned out fine! Thank you

  40. Genelle G

    Love my shopping bags, highly recommend them to anyone wanting a reusable bag.
    Great product Great service ????

  41. Margarita

    Just bought one after using my daughter’s one but quite disappointed with the material. Not half as soft as her’s and it means it will still become an environmental hazard eventually. And why oh why do you not display the very attractive (older?) original Onya logo prominently on the outer bag? Colour choices are odd too. I wish I had not bought it now. Useful but unattractive. Sad.

    • Onya HQ

      Hi Margarita,

      Thanks much for your feedback and we’re sorry to hear you are disappointed with the material we have been using for our bags these last several years. I could not find a record of you as a customer in our system so I am surmising you purchased your bag via a stockist either in person or online.

      We had redesigned our logo years ago and once we did we stopped using the old logo everywhere, including on the bags themselves.

      Our bags were originally made from parachute silk and all our bags are now made from rPET, which is a material made from BPA free recycled plastic drink bottles. The two fabrics do feel very different, and rPET does soften after it has been used a number of times so it will also feel different to how it feels now as a new bag after some use.

      We moved away from the parachute silk to rPET as creating an eco friendly product in this way – from an already existing material rather than straight from scratch – saves on energy and resources and also means there is less plastic polluting the natural environment or wasting away in landfill. It is these processes and products that will help us build a more sustainable planet and way of living, rather than simply churning through resources and living beyond our means.

      The rPET bags (and all our products) are fully recyclable at the end of their long life and are not an environmental hazard if properly disposed of when the time comes. If you cannot find a rPET recycler, our bags (along with all Onya products) can be returned to us for recycling through our partnership with TerraCycle, making Onya a 100% zerowaste business and providing a closed loop system for all the products we produce.

      I hope the above information clears up any confusion, especially the impression you had that the bags are any kind of environmental hazard as for the most part they are the exact opposite of an environmental hazard.

      If you have any questions or need any further clarifications please do not hesitate to get in touch.

  42. Victoria H

    Good products & the interesting patterns & colours promote conversations with others – hopefully changing behaviour in a positive way. (& good gifts!)

  43. Yvonne F

    Love your product and have received positive feedback from my local stores and also other customers – I have passed on your product to more than a few people since my purchase. Thank you.

  44. Kylie M

    I bought some shopping bags about 6 months ago and have been using them frequently. They are great quality you can fit heaps in them and they have withstood the weight. I’m super happy. Thanks

  45. Heather W

    I love my ONYA purchases . The large shopping bag is capacious … and I’d love it to fit onto my shoulder so that I can carry other things … so a longer handle as well?

  46. Flanas

    Another wonderful Onya product to help ‘green’ up our shopping trips! I get lots of lovely comments about the deep size (I bought the large) and quality of these bags. The carry pouch and carabiner is fantastic for clipping the bags together on my trolley or handbag. I always have them clipped together in my car so I never forget them for a shopping trip. I especially love the choice of colours and designs. They are beautiful! Thanks Onya and keep up the great work!

  47. Matt W

    Great product, well thought out. Attached pocket is genius. Very sturdy and surprising how much they hold!

  48. Margaret T

    I have used Onya bags for a few years. The large bags hold lots of shopping, are very strong and I love the way they pack into their little bag by just scrunching them in.I keep 6 of them in my handbag. I recently bought more as well as the new bread bags. Excellent products and recycle plastic bottles as well..

  49. Jennifer H

    Took the large bag for it’s first run at the local growers market today and was pleased with the amount of produce it can hold and how comfortable the handle was for a fabric bag.

  50. Sarah M

    I bought this along with a small bag and 8 pack of produce bags and it was the best thing I’ve done since recycled bottles ;-).
    The big bag is great for those longer items like celery that are otherwise impossible to carry. Great quality, easy to stuff and a take up a small amount of space in my handbag which isn’t big and also carries the small bag and 8 pack of produce bags. I also get compliments at the checkout for both the shopping and produce bags. I’ve since re-purchased more shopping and produce bags for my mum.

  51. Carol G

    Love this bag and use it regularly. It holds an enormous amount and hope to purchase more as Christmas gifts.

  52. Madeleine M

    Bought one 2 weeks ago and used it straight away, not only for shopping but also as a suitcase for 3 nights away. So impressed, I bought a 2nd one. Love the way, I can carry both in my handbag, taking up hardly any room at all.

  53. Karina

    Love it, fits in my pocket or can clip on, no excuses now to be without a bag!

  54. Sarah

    I was first given an Onya bag in 2004. I liked it so much I bought a few more, along with produce bags. 12 years later and they are still as good as new, despite being used every week!!
    I really like this larger style for the groceries (leeks, celery etc) and I am confident that these will last forever too.
    Another bonus, these large bags are exactly the right size to carry large x-rays to medical appointments ( a few too many sporting injuries!).

  55. Erica

    Have the large and medium in these bags and they fit heaps in them although they pack away so small 🙂

  56. Tonya

    I’m actually a bit disappointed in the large bag. Several years ago I bought one and it was made from parachute like material. The thing I love about it is that it just keeps stretching to hold all my groceries. I think I only overfilled it twice! This one seems to be of a stiffer material that does not appear to stretch. Good thing they are gifts and I still have my original.

    • Onya HQ

      Hi Tonya,
      Yes, instead of virgin materials such as the parachute silk, our bags are now made from recycled plastic drink bottles so our bags have a much lower carbon footprint. Even though the rPET is stiffer than the parachute silk you will find that they definitely soften with time and will stretch a little but not quite as much as the parachute silk. Hopefully as your bags wear in and soften, you will find that you can still fit almost as much into them as with your old bags 🙂

  57. Amanda D

    Bought the large size, which is huge, but easily stuffs back into it’s pouch to carry in your hand bag, love it.

  58. Mary H

    Love my shopping bags!

  59. Dani

    I’ve been using my Onya shopping bags for 5 years and they are still in the same condition as when I bought them. Great material, really strong, lightweight and small to carry, look great. These are the only reusable bag I would ever buy.

  60. Joadi

    These bags are terrific. The large size fits a whole heap of stuff in it and is durable. I love the way it folds back up into its own little bag so I haven’t got an excuse not to have it with me when I shop. I also love the Live Local Buy Local design. It advertises itself. 🙂

  61. Judith

    Huge bag – best things are how small it packs up; the gusset in the base means you can carry items flat (e.g. containers of prepared food you’re taking somewhere); it can fit a lot in; and it uses up recycled plastic bottles. Downside is that it can easily end up too heavy to carry, and the handles can cut in. Very quick & efficient ordering and mail out. Overall very happy and will order more.

  62. Alison

    I have been using Onya bags since 2000 and would never be without one. I use all sizes and have more recently discovered the produce bags. Ideal. Goodbye all plastic bags!

  63. Lyn Hale

    I bought my first Onya bag at Markets in Cairns back in 2013, and its been used almost daily. With Christmas fast approaching I thought it would make nice gifts, but I think I may keep them for myself, they are so practical and long lasting. Excellent service, and received within a couple of days. Pretty good for Perth!!

  64. Debbie Norton

    Great bag, perfect size and folds up so small.

    Would be perfect if it came with shoulder straps, the handles are a bit hard on the hands when carrying heavy items.

    • Trish

      Thanks for that Debbie. Try inverting the pouch and clipping the caribiner to the opposing supermarket caddy loop. Instant shoulder strap 🙂

  65. Debbie B

    Love my ‘Big Onya’. Can fit so much more in.

  66. Leah

    Handy, stylish, love demonstrating it to salespeople at the counter when they comment as I pull my bag out, and great gifts for friends. And I’ve always had excellent service when I’ve bought them online!

  67. Sue Smart

    I simply love Onya bags. I’ve been using them for years and have posted them overseas where they have been a huge hit. I did prefer the original fabric as it was easier to pack into the pouch. Having said that the new fabric is definitely stronger.

  68. Liss_R

    I love this thing! While it’s brilliant for shopping with bulky-but-light items like cereal boxes, the big bag comes into it’s own travelling. It’s tiny in your luggage but perfect and secure for shopping in markets, taking clothes to a laundromat, and lugging the heavy coat until it’s needed. Seriously. Travel with one!

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Shipping rates will vary depending on the size of your order and the shipping zone/country you live in.

Apart from the reusable drink bottle and the compostable bin liner ranges, Onya products are light, and shipping is calculated by weight and dimensions rather than per item. This means that it may cost you the same price to ship one item or 5 items depending on the items chosen.

It’s always good to play around with items in the cart first to see how much postage will be, but we will always endeavour to ship your order in the most compact and cost effective way.

You are able to calculate how much your shipping cost will be by putting all of the items you wish to purchase in your cart and then use the shipping calculator to calculate your shipping for that order.

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With changes coming in to effect around the globe banning single use plastic shopping bags, it can be hard to find a truly sustainable alternative.

Because our bags are made from recycled plastic drink bottles they have a very low carbon footprint for production as we are not using virgin materials.

After just 84 uses, our shopping bags become carbon neutral with every use after that contributing to what then becomes a carbon positive bag (it is actively reducing carbon with each use).


Our shopping bags might look simple but they are feature packed and fit more in them than you think!

Our small shopping bag is designed for a few essentials and quick runs to the shop.  Our large shopping bags really are designed to carry many more items as part of weekly shop.

With a useful front pocket for storing keys or sunglasses etc, when turned inside out, the stuffing pouch doubles as a shoulder strap if clipped to one of the two caddy tabs.

We are proud that our shopping bags are ethically produced from recycled material with our production partners paid a living wage and  1% of each sale going toward supporting environmental not for profits.

We also provide an end of life solution for recycling our shopping bags once they have reached the end of their very long lives.



This is my second purchase – first one still going strong. They hold a multitude of stuff, very strong and stuff down to nearly nothing – excellent value

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